20 Places to Visit in Manali
Situated in the massive Himalayas, Manali is one of the most picturesque high-altitude cities! The town attracts tourists all throughout the year. The most impressive part of Manali is its weather. The charming hills are best visited between October and February. If you are looking to engage in adventurous activities in the Solang Valley, you can visit between March and June. There are endless opportunities to rejuvenate yourself at Manali. Some of the must-visit places in Manali are listed below:
Located 42 kilometers from Kullu and almost 80 kilometers from Manali, Manikaran is popular for the ever-remedial hot water springs. Here is also a very popular Ramchandra Temple which is filled with religious tourists all throughout the year. The temple, as well as the gurudwara, are the most popular religious sites in Manikaran. The hot springs over here are not only auspicious but are also believed to have curative powers. April to October is the perfect time to visit Manikaran as you can engage in the adventurous activities.
2. Jogini Waterfalls
It is located 7.5 kilometers away from Manali. Jogini Waterfalls is usually visited from the Vashist temple and it takes almost 3 hours to visit from there. You can even try a 4 kilometers trek from the Vashist temple. It is a beautiful waterfall which is mainly formed by a stream. This waterfall is merged by the Beas River in the downstream. It falls from a height of 150 feet and there is also a small pool for the visitors to take a dip or a plunge. It is popular for a short trek and has many orchards, restaurants and guest houses surrounding it.
3. Hidimbi Devi Temple
Hidimbi Devi Temple is just 2 kilometers from the Manali Bus station. This cave temple is also known as the Dhungri temple which is located adjacent to the dense forest known as the Dhungri Van Vihar. This temple was built by Raja Bahadur Singh and is 24 meters tall. It is a wooden façade and the windows are carved in a beautiful manner. The walls are beautifully decorated with the horns of the animals and have stones attached to it which are mud covered. A fair is also held around the temple during the Hindu month of Sravan.
4. Manu Temple
Manu Temple is located 3 kilometers from the Manali Bus station. It is located in old Manali and is dedicated to a popular sage called Manu. It is believed by the common folk that the sage himself meditated over here. The great view of the flowing Beas River amidst the surrounding hills is a picture perfect scenery which is loved by the tourists all over the world. Manu Temple has a pagoda styled architecture which is very rare for a temple. There are many artifacts and idols of various Gods and goddesses which can be seen over here.
5. Naggar Castle
Located just 20 kilometers from the Manali Bus stand, you can view the beautiful green hills and the Beas valley from Naggar Castle. You can even view the beautiful snow-capped peaks from the castle. It is a historical structure and it was built by Raja Sidhi Singh. Here you can find a great combination of Himalayan and European architecture. Kathkooni architecture is also blended with it. It was previously a royal residence which was later on converted in a pattern on European architecture. You can find three shrines in this castle.
6. Rohtang Pass
Located 52 kilometers away from Manali, Rohtang Pass is a full day travel which can even be visited from the Solang Valley. It is located at a height of 4111 meters. You can experience snow even during the summer season in Rohtang Pass. All types of adventure sports are conducted over here. It is a high mountain pass and it is getaway to many places like the Leh valley, Zojilla pass, and Lahaul. It is a beautiful sight where you can see the glaciers as well as the Chandra river. It is a very difficult pass to cross and many even die every year so it’s named so.
7. Solang Valley
It is located near the Solang village and is located at a distance of 12 kilometers from the Manali Bus stand. It is famous for many adventurous activities like trekking, mountaineering as well as skiing. It has great panoramic views to offer like the beautiful mountains and the glaciers all around. It is even covered with great dense forests. The very popular winter skiing festival is also organized over here which is very popular among the youths. You can try paragliding over here all throughout the year but for skiing, the most favorable time is the months of May to November.
8. Vashist Temple
It is located very close to the Manali Bus stand. Vashist Temple is dedicated to Vashist, the famous guru in the village of Vashist. The temple is decorated with beautiful carvings on wood. It has many paintings and antique figures. It has many hot water springs in this area which has many medicinal values and has the power to cure various types of skin diseases. The temple has a big black stone image which shows the Rishi in a dhoti. There is a huge legend behind the construction of this temple.
It is located 25 kilometers from Kullu in the village of Naggar Tehsil. You can experience the most breathtaking view of the Beas River from Katrain. You can even witness the beautiful Baragarh peak from Katrain. You can even visit the Basheshwar Mahadev temple and Arjuna Cave from here. There are many apple orchards surrounding this place and if you love fishing, you can even try that as it has many spots for trout fishing, mainly brown and rainbow trout.
10. Kais Monastery
It is located near Kullu Bus stand, approximately 10 kilometers from there. It was opened by Dalai Lama in 2005. The valley nearby provides the most picturesque views. It is a very appealing destination where traditional reasoning and scriptures held here. Tibetan monks stay over here and a huge statue of Lord Buddha resides here. The huge prayer hall is filled with religious devotees every day. In the month of August, His Highness comes there and many devotees come to seek his blessing.
April to May and December is the perfect time to visit Kullu. It is located 40 kilometers away from Manali and located near to the Beas River. It is a beautiful open valley formed between Larji and Manali. Kullu has many hills and temples and the entire place is covered with Pine and Deodar Forests. The apple orchards are very beautiful and are very popular among the tourists. It is mainly surrounded by mountains. There are many Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries over there. You can even try many adventure sports like mountaineering, river rafting, and paragliding.
12. Arjun Gufa
It is located near Naggar very close to the village of Prini. This place offers the perfect setting for exploring the natural beauty of the place. It is a major tourist attraction and is located near the Naggar Castle. There is a Kunti Mata temple over here which is very popular among the tourists. April to June and September and October is the best time to visit this place. The Kunt Bhayo Lake is another major attraction over here. It has a splendid legend attached to it concerning Arjuna, the great Pandava.
13. Gauri Shankar Temple
Gauri Shankar Temple is usually visited from the Naggar castle and is just 20 kilometers from the Manali Bus stand. It is a Shiva temple which is a protected monument of the Pratihara Gurjara traditions. It has a Shikhara style of architecture and is designed in the pattern of a dome and it has nine storeys and is filled with many ornamentation. The idol here is that of Shankar and Gauri and has many beautiful stone carvings. It faces the valley overlooking the beautiful lush greenery and ice-capped mountains.
Located at a distance of 8 kilometers from the Kothi village, Gulaba is located on the Leh-Manali Highway. Raja Gulab Singh of Kashmir is one after whom it is named. During the months of November to February, Gulaba is mostly snow covered. Here you can witness many snow-capped mountains all around. The small grasslands and the beautifully flowing Beas River makes this place even more serene and charming. It is mainly popular for many adventure sports especially skiing. Here you can even try paragliding overlooking the beautiful scenic beauty of the place.
It is located on the bank of the Beas river. It is a very big village in the Kullu valley. The Gauri Shankar temple and the Sandhya Devi temple lies over here. The Gauri Shankar temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and it is built in the pattern of the Shikara style. It has been built in the 8th century. The Manali valley is located below this place. This village is basically historically interesting. The Annual Chacholi Jatra Festival is held every year. This place is best visited during the months of May to October.
16. Jana Falls
It is located in a small village called Jana. It is a natural waterfall which is surrounded by many deodar trees. The beautiful wooden bridge and the refreshing surroundings. You can reach up to the top of the Falls by trekking. You can even go there on a short ride. It offers a breathtakingly beautiful sight. You should visit this place during the months of September to June. You can even take a plunge in the waters of the fall. The refreshing bath is another added advantage to this place. Its surrounding place is even a great picnic spot.
17. Kothi village
It is a beautiful village which is located near the Rohtang pass near Manali, on the Leh Manali Highway. It is located in the foothills, with many glaciers and mountains all around. Kothi is a very beautiful and scenic village in Manali. This place is also referred to as Koshtampi by many. Many Bollywood and Tollywood movies have been shot over here. It is a perfect place for nature lovers. May to October is the perfect time to visit this place. There are also many comfortable places from where you can witness the beautiful scenery all around.
18. Krishna Temple
This temple is located near Thawa town. This Krishna Temple is also called Muralidhar temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and it is more than 1000 years old. There is a Rath used during the festival of Dussehra. The entire temple has carved stone structure and has a precisely cut shikhara. Only Hindus are allowed to enter the temple but the non-Hindus can roam around the place without entering the temple. It reflects a carved stone architecture which resembles the designs during the Gupta period.
19. Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art
It is located near the Utopia complex and also near to the Hidimbi Devi temple. It is built in 1998 and it has a huge collection of folk art antiques. There are also many traditional items which are mainly used by the local people of Himachal Pradesh. The handwork of the people can be seen over here in various kind of articles. There are many models of temples, dresses, utensils, wood carvings and many other articles. It is open from 9 am to 5 pm every day.
20. Nehru Kund
Nehru Kund is located on the Rohtang pass highway. It is a natural spring which is popular for the crystal clear water. Moreover, The Bhrigu Lake is the main source of waters for Nehru Kund. It has a peaceful silence and the serenity that is loved by all. May to October is the finest time to visit this place. It is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Manali. It was named after Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. This graceful water attracts lots of tourists every year. It is located at a distance of 5 kilometers from the Manali Bus stand.